Chemistry Is Your Friend: Left Hand Milk Stout Nitro

Hello again, readers of the Monster Lifestyle. If you’re a beer drinker I’ve got quite the treat for you this time: Left Hand Brewing Company‘s Milk Stout Nitro. If you’re already familiar with their regular Milk Stout, then find out where you can get some of the Nitro and go there immediately – you already know what’s in store for you. Everyone else should watch this video, then read on…

After giving it the hard pour and letting the creamy head rise to the top, take a moment to savor the rich aroma of the dark, almost chocolatey malt. I know it’s hard to hold back any longer after giving it the full thirty or so seconds it takes the nitrogen to exit solution, but this is a beer whose every element is worth savoring. Then finally, with as much regard as you can muster for avoiding a creamy head mustache, drink.

Just like the original Milk Stout, this beer’s defining flavor profile is the balancing sweetness imparted by the lactose which leans against the underlying bitterness of the darkly roasted malt. It’s subtle, but it’s a world of difference compared to your garden variety stout. Hell, even my mom liked this beer, and the darkest thing I think I’ve seen her drink is Shiner Bock. That’s no isolated incident, either – I’ve had four people who aren’t stout fans say they liked the Nitro. There really is something to the sweet stout as a style that’s been largely untapped.

But the real magic from the Nitro comes not from the flavor, but the texture. The consistency of this beer is exactly as one would get in a beer poured through a nitrogen-injecting tap at a bar, but…well, not at a bar. The tiny-bubble velvety mouth-feel that only nitrogenation can give is now available anytime and anywhere you can drink a bottle of beer, without the need for going to to a pub and dropping $7 plus tip. It’s an extra layer of sensory pleasure that cannot be overlooked. For what it’s worth, I find this bottle system to work much better than the widget (not a bezel…I get my plastic dohickeys mixed up) injectors seen in the canned imports, so give this a try if you were underwhelmed by those.

The golden age of craft beer we’re living in is only getting brighter and shinier, folks. I cannot recommend this beer enough, even if you’re not too big on stouts. Get some.

Alex Carlin,

-The Monster Lifestyle-

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